The recruitment of Albany High football player Cheyenne Labruzza continues to gain steam.
In the months since Labruzza completed his junior season as a running back and defensive back for the Hornets, he has received scholarship offers from a number of Power 5 programs like LSU and Florida that hope the 6-foot, 180-pound prospect will choose to join their 2017 recruiting class.
Albany isn’t a school known for producing college talent in football, so the emergence of Labruzza on the recruiting trail, coach Blane Westmoreland said, has created a buzz among his peers.
“It’s been exciting for the kids to see these college coaches walking onto campus,” Westmoreland said. “This hasn’t really happened too much.”
Labruzza is being recruited to play cornerback or safety in college.
As a junior last fall, Labruzza earned first-team All-District 7-3A recognition on both sides of the ball, as he rushed for 1,130 yards and 12 touchdowns and had four receiving touchdowns on offense for the run-heavy Hornets and finished the season with 47 tackles on defense.
Although the Hornets failed to make the playoffs, word about their star player’s talents seemed to spread.
Labruzza, who held offers only from Tulane, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University when football season ended, received the offer from LSU while attending the “Boys from the Boot” junior day event last month.
Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Baylor, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Northwestern (Illinois) are on the long list of other schools that have now given him offers.
“It has really blown up for him,” Westmoreland said.
In its early rankings of recruits in the 2017 class, 247Sports has Labruzza listed as the No. 14 prospect in Louisiana and the No. 298 prospect in the nation.
Rivals ranks him 23rd among Louisiana prospects.
Westmoreland said Labruzza, an honor student at Albany , is taking the attention in stride.
And he doesn’t expect him to rush into anything.
“He wants to enjoy the process and find the place that’s truly best for him,” Westmoreland said. “He’s going to make the decision that’s best for his academic future as well as his athletic future.”
Labruzza is likely to follow Denham Springs defensive end Caleb Roddy as the second Livingston Parish football prospect in as many years to sign with a Power 5 program. Roddy signed with LSU last month.
Denham baseball, Live Oak softball start strong
Even as heavy rains washed out most of the area action late last week, Denham Springs baseball and Live Oak softball were both off to strong 8-2 starts to their respective seasons.
Denham, coming off an appearance in the 5A quarterfinals last year, had beaten an impressive line of early season foes that included Evangel, Neville, Haughton and St. Amant.
Live Oak softball picked up wins against the likes of Barbe, Cabrini, Mount Carmel and Hahnville during its impressive start.
Live Oak has its District 4-5A opener Thursday against Central in a 5 p.m. home game. The district baseball season for 4-5A begins April 2.